We all have our favorite harbingers of spring; later sunsets, the Groundhog Day ceremony, and for millions of families, spring break. Whether one has children or not, spring vacation is a tremendous respite and a much welcomed tradition for those who have endured a harsh winter.
If you have spring break plans, here are several tips to keep your home and property safe while escaping to more exciting locales and hopefully balmier climes. Ask a neighbor to collect your mail or have your mail held for you at the post office. Install light timers, which you can purchase at most hardware stores, throughout your home. Lock away important valuables, documents, and medications in a safe or a safety deposit box. Don’t forget to secure all windows and doors before you leave.
For those of you selling your home, be sure to leave it sparkling clean and fresh in the event your Bean Group sales professional has scheduled several showings while you’re away. It’s true that historically home sales tend to slow during the frosty months, particularly during those unforgiving winters. For serious homebuyers, however, no amount of snow or icy conditions can keep them at bay.
The month of December is a perfect example. One would expect that with stormy weather and the approaching holidays, homebuyers would have been few and reluctant to move. However, existing-home sales rose 12.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.28 million in December 2010, when sales increased for the fifth time in six months, according to the National Association of REALTORS®.
Of course real estate is very local. Regardless of seasonal trends, one community may show signs of slowing sales activity, while another may experience an increase for various reasons. Check the graph to see the activity in your own community, or ask your Bean Group sales professional to provide you with an overview of current market trends in your region. From all of us at Bean Group, enjoy your spring break, it was well earned.